Showing posts with label WebFeed. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WebFeed. Show all posts

Monday, November 25, 2013

No If's here.. Jason Haley Web Appifys his Interesting Finds blog as SPA at ifreader.com

Jason Haley - The New IFReader (ifreader.com)

Last month, some of my project work slowed down – so I took the time to redesign and rewrite a useful single page application for reading the Interesting Finds blog entries.

The new site design is now out at http://ifreader.com (I have also started moving my other sites to the same style … the blog site is next).

IFReader.com has been around for awhile, but only provided the ability to see a daily or weekly listing.  The new app, allows you to filter and load more items of any of the sections that you want.  This is something I often want to do – just browse some links for a particular subject instead of all links for only a single day.

The new style uses bootstrap3, so it looks decent on a mobile device too.  I purchased a template from https://wrapbootstrap.com/ – which I first learned about from one of Shawn Wildermuth’s PluralSight videos (big thanks to him for mentioning it).  Saved me a ton of time.

The Views Count is incremented whenever someone clicks on the link (and yes if you click it multiple times I currently still increment each time).  The view count functionality has been there since the beginning – though now it is tied together using a custom knockout binding.

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I think it's a shame that Jason isn't a MVP yet. But maybe with his new SPA push, he can make to Web MVP'dom... And if not, we'll at least be able to follow him along on his journey.

In this case he's doing what I've always suggested to anyone who wants to learn a new dev area, technique, thing. Build around something you are personally interested in. And given how long Jason's been blogging, well...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Jason's Spa (err... I mean, Jason Haley's new SPA, Single Page Application, Resource page)

A Feed You Should Read #1 – Jason Haley’s Interesting Finds
You're reading Jason Haley's link blog... right?
Jason Haley - Human Feed Aggregator Extrodinare

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

My Top Five Daily Web Curators - Five Bloggers that will keep you up to date on most things Microsoft, Dev and more...

With GReader dead, you might be rethinking your feed reading habits. Maybe cut back to the bare minimum of feeds, maybe using some alternate news reading means. If you were to ask me, "What are the five sites that if you had to drop all other feeds, you would keep?"

These guys are feed crazy, all are human aggregators who scour the bazillion of web feeds so you don't have to... daily.

Here's my current top five, if I miss everything else, feeds I must read. In no particular order;

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader... Need an alternate app? Here's an ultimate alternate list, by AlternativeTo (GReader)

AlternativeTo - Google Reader shuts down, but we have the alternatives!

Since you visit the AlternativeTo blog the chances are great that you’re one of the many people around the world that use an RSS-client powered by Google Reader to follow news, blogs and other types of web content. You probably already know that Google Reader is shutting down in just a few days. July 1 is getting closer very fast and it’s time to move on.

On AlternativeTo you can find loads of great alternatives and even though we all have different needs and taste there should be something there to make everyone happy. The most popular service right now according to our users is Feedly but a good idea is to have a look at the full list of alternatives and make up your own mind. Remember to click the like button on the alternative you like the most!

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AlternativeTo - Google Reader (GReader)

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I've been using NewsBlur (Premium) for the last month and am pretty happy with it. It's a one man show, but a pretty good show at that... even with big names now in the game, Digg, AOL, I still expect both a continued explosion of alternates and a later die-off and consolidation.

How to track all these alternates? AlternativeTo of course!

 

Related Past Post XRef:
“Is there a free alternate to application X, Y or Z?” Probably, but just how the heck do you find it? (Hint: You go to AlternativeTo.net)

LifeHacker step by step guide to get going with your own hosted Tiny Tiny RSS

Using Google Docs to find a Google Reader replacement - the community project
Web Feed Reader Wish List - My Must Have/Should Have/Would Be Nice Feature List
And so dies my desktop feedreader of choice too, Google Reader's shutdown also kills FeedDemon
Google Reader Bytes the Dust - Google Reader is being turned out to pasture on July 1, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tiny Tiny RSS WAMP, MAMP or LAMP installers, VM or even an Amazon/Azure cloud VM

I Programmer - RSS Reader As Appliance - Easy Google Reader Replacement

BitNami has added Tiny Tiny RSS server to its collection of LAMP appliances. This makes it very easy to replace Google Reader with something you can rely on. Perhaps this is the way all software should transition to the cloud

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Now we have an implementation of tt-rss as an appliance by BitNami. You can download a complete installer for Windows, OSX and Linux. You first use the BitNami WAMP, MAMP or LAMP installer and then install the application. While installing on a spare machine you might have around is reasonable, a more flexible option is to use one of the complete virtual machine images. All you need is WMware or VirtualBox and you can load the machine image and start working at once with everything installed and configured - right down to the passwords.

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The final option is the one that might make the most sense for the most users - a cloud deployment.  All you need in this case is a credit card.

The virtual machine images can be deployed to either Amazon EC2 or Windows Azure and all with minimum fuss. You can even have one server for free for a year, but after that its $24 per month plus Amazon or Azure charges for three servers. Note that using the installers or VM images without cloud hosting is free.

The only problem is that BitNami charges are in addition to the Amazon or Azure charges, which makes it more difficult to work out what the whole package will cost - but if you just want simplicity of deployment then this is the way to go.

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BitNami Tiny Tiny RSS

BitNami Tiny Tiny RSS Stack provides a one-click install solution for Tiny Tiny RSS. Download installers and virtual machines or run your own Tiny Tiny RSS server in the cloud.

Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator, designed to allow you to read news from any location, while feeling as close to a real desktop application as possible.

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While my current RSS service of choice is NewsBlur there's something VERY appealing about having my own cloud solution. Hum... Newsblur is OSS too, maybe I should... :P

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

LifeHacker step by step guide to get going with your own hosted Tiny Tiny RSS

LifeHacker - How to Build Your Own Syncing RSS Reader with Tiny Tiny RSS and Kick Google Reader to the Curb

Yes, Google Reader is going away, and yes, there are great alternatives. However, if you're tired of web services shutting down on you, why not take matters into your own hands? Tiny Tiny RSS is a free, open-source syncing RSS platform with more features than Google Reader ever had, and it can't get shut down. Here's how to install it and set it up.

What You'll Get

Setting up Tiny Tiny RSS requires a little patience, but it's deceptively easy. I had my instance set up and web-accessible within a few hours, and I spent a few more tweaking all of the settings and options just the way I wanted them. At the end of the day you'll have a web page that you can visit at any time, on any device, to read all of the latest articles from the blogs you subscribe to. Tiny Tiny RSS supports filters and labels, so you can organize those feeds into categories, filter out the stories you don't want, and organize them so you read the interesting things first. You can also score feeds, so the blogs you like the most float to the top. There are more features than we have time to get into, but you can read more about them here.

Tiny Tiny RSS also has an Android app (sorry, no iOS app), a mobile-friendly web interface, a Chrome extension, and more third-party supported apps. There's even an XBMC client if you want to read your feeds on the big screen.

There are some things you won't get with Tiny Tiny RSS that Google Reader offers, though. For example, you won't get such a broad array of third party apps and clients. Sadly, Tiny Tiny RSS can't be used with your favorite desktop or mobile feed reader like Reeder or NewsRob. Plus, it's definitely harder to set up than just importing all of your feeds to Feedly. Even so, if you want ultimate control over your news reading, and you want something that'll never shut down on you, Tiny Tiny RSS Is worth setting up.

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While Tiny Tiny RSS uses a bunch of tech that I'm not comfortable with (and that might be a good thing?), I dig the idea of it. Spin up your own web/cloud based feed sync and no longer let your feeds be held hostage or shutdown at the mercy of others (cough... Google... cough).

Am I going to actually execute and do this? Doubt it. Would I spin up a VM that was already setup and configured? I'd seriously think about it. Amazon, Microsoft, it would be pretty cool if along with all the other VM images you had in your catalogs, you had VM's with this (and others like NewsBlur).

Monday, March 18, 2013

Stupid Feed Tricks to amaze your producers, consumers, readers and parsers [not!]

inessential - Brian’s Stupid Feed Tricks

At NewsGator and Sepia Labs I worked with Brian Reischl, one of the server-side guys. Among other things, he worked on NewsGator’s RSS content service, which reads n million feeds once an hour.

(I don’t know if I can say what n is. It surprised me when I heard it. The system is still running, by the way.)

Brian is intimately acquainted with the the different ways feeds can be screwed up. So he posted Stupid Feed Tricks on Google Docs...

Stupid Feed Tricks

Stupid HTTP Tricks

  1. When the feed is gone/errored, publisher may still return a 200 OK but send an HTML page instead.

  2. Using permanent redirects for temporary errors. In one instance, all the Microsoft blogs had a temporary system error. All the feeds did a permanent redirect to the same system error page, and we updated all 40,000 feeds to point to that one URL. Whoops.

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Stupid XML Tricks

  1. Any sort of XML well-formedness error you can think of. Missing closing tags, mismatched tags, bad escaping, not quoting attributes, missing root elements.

  2. Including unescaped HTML content inside a tag - which sort of works, except that most HTML isn’t XML-compliant.

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Stupid RSS/Atom Tricks

  1. Missing any element you can think of.

  2. Adding custom elements without namespaces.

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Other Stupid Tricks

  1. Updating posts very frequently. Newspapers are very fond of this. In 4 hours they might change a post 12 times, by the end it might have nothing in common with the original article (completely different title, completely different body). Sometimes combined with not using lastUpdated, or just not changing lastUpdate.
  2. Publishing updated posts as new posts, so you have 12 versions of the same post in the feed.
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Random Notes

  1. You should think hard about canonicalization of URLs. Some parts of the URL can be case-sensitive (path and query) other parts can’t (protocol, host and port). Users (and webmasters) will absolutely use different upper/lower casing in different places.
  2. If you build a database index on FeedUrl, consider that 99% of them start with “http://”, which makes for a shitty index. Consider separating the protocol into its own column, and then indexing on the remainder of the URL. Alternatively, you could index on a hashed value of the URL. Theoretically you could have collisions, but in practice there are not that many feeds.

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Since we're all about RSS this past week'ish and the fact that many might again play in the RSS space, I thought this document great, from someone who's really been there, done that...

Using Google Docs to find a Google Reader replacement - the community project

Mobility Digest - Using Google Docs to Combat Google Reader Situation

Was reading an MIT article (I’m super smart), found an impressive spreadsheet detailing all the alternatives to Google Reader should they indeed pull the plug. People around the world are currently collaborating on it but it’s already helpful, you might want to take a gander here, http://goo.gl/CvcBo, or if you’re super smart too (not likely), here’s the MIT article: http://goo.gl/FFI1H [GD: Post Leached in Full]

Alternatives to Google Reader - OJB comment call

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What better way to find a Reader replacement than using the community and cloud? There's currently 50'ish listed (there's a couple dupes that I noticed)

My current replacement reader of choice? NewsBlur

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Web Feed Reader Wish List - My Must Have/Should Have/Would Be Nice Feature List
And so dies my desktop feedreader of choice too, Google Reader's shutdown also kills FeedDemon
Google Reader Bytes the Dust - Google Reader is being turned out to pasture on July 1, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Web Feed Reader Wish List - My Must Have/Should Have/Would Be Nice Feature List

With Google Reader and my client reader of choice both dead, and given my complete reliance on consuming feeds, I, like so many of you, have started shopping for a replacement. This is my thinking out loud list of stuff I must have/should have/would be nice if it had feature list.

First off, I'm an edge case. Probably close to a worse case edge case. I subscribe to, as of this morning, 2,536 feeds. Many of these feeds are aggregate feeds, like blogs.msdn.com, etc. While many of those feeds might not be active (my philosophy has been, when in doubt subscribe) many are. I scan 4k+ posts a day. This list is with all that in mind.

Must Have

  • Must support thousands of feeds
  • Must support folders
  • Must be server/cloud based
  • Must support fast scanning (i.e visual review of title)
  • Must have HTML5 interface
  • Must support OPML import
  • Must support OMPL export
  • Must support large OPML Import (> 500k file size)
  • Must have well performing UI
  • Must allow for scanning/marking as read by folder
  • Must honor my privacy, be private by default
  • Must be able to handle wonky feeds
  • Must not be a vector for web based infection
  • Must check for updated feeds at least every 30 minutes
  • Must be able to handle very active feeds (or at least have option to "turn on" highly active feed support)
  • Must support RSS 1+ and ATOM
  • Must have a solid business plan/revenue stream

Should Have

  • Should have a two way API (not just pull from client, but push back, such as read status, as well)
  • Should have Folder filtering to show only those folder with unread articles
  • Should be smart enough that feeds use single instance storage, but read status is personal (i.e. if two or more people subscribe to the same feed, it's only grabbed from the given site and stored once, using the same update period)
  • Should provide bandwidth limited features (even when using HTML5 version). I use a hotspot on my train ride to/from work, I don't want a bandwidth hog site/service. So option to filter out images/video/etc
  • Should work in IE
  • List/title view by All/Folder
  • Bulk option settings. I want to apply a view setting for all feeds, feeds by folder, etc. For example, change to a List/Title View for ALL folders, not have to do so, folder by folder.
  • Should have a clean and simple UI

Would Be Nice If

  • Windows Desktop/Windows Phone 8/Windows RT (in that order) client
  • Staring/favoriting/saving posts
  • Would be nice if the service were to somehow allow of better post providing tracking, i.e. support individual recoding/reporting to the producer of the feed. So if two people subscribe to the same feed, instead of being a single consumer, the producing site would see it as two.
  • Statics

Things I don't currently care about

  • Sharing articles
  • Social service integration
  • Magazine views

 

That's enough for now... Will update as more come to mind. :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

And so dies my desktop feedreader of choice too, Google Reader's shutdown also kills FeedDemon

Nick Bradbury - The End of FeedDemon

"This is a hard post for me to write.

I've used FeedDemon every day since I created it back in 2003 - it's part of my daily workflow, the first thing I turn to after pouring myself a cup of coffee in the morning.

I've thoroughly enjoyed working on it and I'm grateful for all of the people who paid for it over the years despite free alternatives.

But it's time for FeedDemon to die.

If you're an avid FeedDemon user, you probably know that I've struggled to keep it updated. FeedDemon stopped "paying the bills" a while ago, so I took a full-time job elsewhere and haven't been able to give FeedDemon the attention it deserves.

Then today came the news that Google Reader is shutting down on July 1. FeedDemon relies on Google Reader for synchronization, and there's no decent alternative (and even if there were, it's doubtful I'd have time to integrate with it, at least not without trading time away from my family - which I won't do).

That was the nail in the coffin for me. I hate to say goodbye to FeedDemon after a decade of working on it, but it's time to say goodbye. When Google Reader shuts down on July 1, FeedDemon will also disappear.

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Nick's call, I can understand. I've been a paying FeedDemon user for nearly a decade and he's done allot to try to keep FeedDemon relevant. I've moved with it/him from BlogLines to NewsGator to Google Reader. But it looks like it's time to move on to some other client.

Thanks for the past times Nick, and good luck.

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Google Reader Bytes the Dust - Google Reader is being turned out to pasture on July 1, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Google Reader Bytes the Dust - Google Reader is being turned out to pasture on July 1, 2013

Google Reader Blog - Powering Down Google Reader

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We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

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Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform."

Thank you, but screw you too, I guess. Wow, does this really sour me on Google. I really need a server based RSS sync repository. My feeds are too active and I don't want to leave my feed reading running 24x7 just to keep up. If someone spins up a service, even a fee based one, I'm in. I'd have paid Google too if I had that option...

Monday, November 28, 2011

OData, RSS, Ifttt.com for your Nuget's

Matt Wrock's Software Development Blog - Track Nuget Downloads using OData, RSS and Ifttt.com

"In this post I am going to show you how you can be notified of new downloads of any Nuget package via email from a service that will poll Nuget every 15 minutes. If email sounds overly intrusive, there are other options. So If this sounds interesting, read on.

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Switch from a Pull to a Push model

What I found myself craving was a way to let all of this information come to me and announce to me that there is new data rather than me having to spend time pinging several sources for what is likely to be no new information. In my case, I really wanted my phone to beep or vibrate when I get a new download, follower or mention. For me, this would not be a nuisance given the small amount of data. If you owned jQuery, you may want a more unobtrusive notification. Fortunately the solution I am about to propose can channel notifications through a variety of mediums.

Enter If-this-then-that ifttt.com

A few months ago I noticed a new referring link on my blog from a domain called ifttt.com. I visited the link and perused the site and discovered that it provided a way of creating sort of mash ups of various social media. ifttt stands for If This Then That. And the site simply allows you to create rules of If something occurs (new tweet, RSS feed item, DropBox item, etc.) Then some other thing should be triggered such as an email sent or a tweet or facebook update, etc. I have to admit my initial impression was “That’s dumb.” Then about a week later Scott Hanselman blogged about this service having been duly impressed by its offerings. I still didn’t really get it.

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But Nuget Has no RSS Feed with items representing downloads

Currently Nuget provides no RSS feed or any notification option for subscribing to download stats beyond what is displayed on the project search results and individual project details pages. I don’t know if there are plans to implement this by the Nuget team in the near future, but I wanted something up and running soon that didn’t need to be polished.

All Nuget data is available from the website is exposed through an OData feed

I knew that the data I was interested in was available via OData. There are a few posts out there that talk about this. I found that David Ebbo’s post had the detail I deeded to get started. With the name of any Nuget package Id, you can get its total download count via the public Nuget OData endpoint at http://packages.nuget.org/v1/FeedService.svc.

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Currently as far as I can tell, there is no facility built into ifttt to consume this OData format. Yes, you can expose OData as an ATOM feed but given the Nuget schema, this would only be useful if you wanted to be notified of new versions. Essentially each version is a child entity of the master Packages entity. DownloadCount is simply a property associated with each version. Note that a version has both a VersionDownloadCount and a DownloadCount. The first is simply the count for a single version and the latter is the aggregate count of all combined versions released in a single package.

At first I tried playing with Yahoo Pipes and some other online RSS builder apps but none of these was going to work. At least not simply. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on this since what I wanted was really quite simple and could be coded up fairly trivially. So I ended up just writing my own feed generator and I took the opportunity to create my first Azure application. I plan to blog more specifically on the azure specific details later and how they differed from my work with an AppHarhor application.

Here is the RSS Generator code:

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Consuming the feed from an ifttt.com Recipe

Beyond the creation of “one off” tasks. ifttt provides a means of encapsulating common task logic into a reusable “Recipe.” These are handy if you find yourself creating the same task again and again with the only difference being a single variable. In my case here, I wanted to create three tasks. One for each of my Nuget projects. It also seemed reasonable that others may want to make use of this as well. So I created a recipe that anyone can use in order to create their own Nuget Download Notification task. Simply create an ifttt account (Super fast and easy to do) and go here ..."

I liked this alternate approach for keeping up with Nuget packages and consuming the Nuget OData feeds...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
OData Feed Fun Or There's no Atom/RSS Feed, but there is OData, so there IS an Atom feed (that you can customize to your liking too)

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Microsoft Downloads gets official RSS feeds...

I've been using an unofficial (i.e. community provided) feed for Microsoft Downloads for years now (via ThunderMain -> A Feed You Should Read #17 – Microsoft Download Center) and always thought it a little lame that there wasn't an official feed source.

Then I saw this today...

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What? Can it be?

Yes!

And not only a feed, but one where you can get filtered results based on your interests too!

Microsoft Download Center - Select your RSS feeds

"By subscribing to the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed from the Microsoft Download Center, you can have a list of new downloads and updates delivered to you in an RSS reader or aggregator. With an RSS feed, you can quickly browse a list of downloads without searching the Microsoft Download Center.

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Better late than never I guess.

There's those that say RSS/Web Feeds are dead, but I think they are just hibernating and we may yet see a resurgence (At least I hope they are not dead as my whole news stream life is based on feeds... lol :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Channel 9 Events / BUILD2011 RSS Feed Tip, Building your perfect, custom, filtered BUILD RSS feed

As you know, I hope, the BUILD 2011 Event site is now live on Channel 9 Events. There you can find all the sessions, information and in the coming days, on demand videos of the sessions. There you can also subscribe to the BUILD RSS feeds.

Yet, by default, the RSS feeds are not filtered. Even if you apply a filter to the sessions, that doesn't carry over when you click on a feed.

BUT you CAN apply a filter to your feeds with a simple cut-n-paste.

1) Go to the Channel 9 Events / BUILD2011 page

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2) Create a filter and apply it. Check the areas, speakers, days, etc...

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3) Copy the filter from the URL

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4) Click on the RSS Feed type you want and load it (Note the video/audio feeds might be empty if you're doing this on day 1 of BUILD)

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5) Paste in the copied filter and hit enter.

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You now have a filtered/custom RSS feed! Note: There's no BUILD audio/video online yet, so if you select one of those RSS feeds, you won't get any results... yet! But as they come online your feed "should" just automagically fill up and out!

And the beauty this works great for the RSS feeds in the other Channel 9 events too!

For example, here's a WMV RSS feed for MIX11 for Level 400 sessions on Day 3;

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So have at it! You can now build your perfect BUILD, or other Channel 9 event, RSS feed today! :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

OData Feed Fun Or There's no Atom/RSS Feed, but there is OData, so there IS an Atom feed (that you can customize to your liking too)

One of the [many] things I whine about is when a site or gallery doesn't have an RSS/Atom/web feed. My days are to short and if there's no web feed then it's not likely I'm going to be able to keep up with what you're providing.

But what if there's a cool gallery that I really want to keep up to date on? Like the NuGet Package Gallery? Before yesterday I thought I was SOL.

Then this post from John Sheehan, Building @NuGetLatest in Two Hours, got me thinking.

OData...hum... The NuGet Gallery has an OData feed (http://packages.nuget.org/v1/FeedService.svc). OData provides its content as Atom XML right?  So doesn't that mean I could just point my Feed reading or choice at the NuGet OData Feed?

Yep, pretty much!

But of course it's not really that simple (it never is is it?).  The issue is that that the NuGet Packages OData feed provides a pretty raw/direct view of the packages (think Select * from Packages).

Here's what I'm looking for in feed form;

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First issue was that every version of every package is listed and the "active/current" version has its IsLatestVersion bit set to true. So any feed we get should only return those that IsLatestVersion is True. Good thing we're talking OData here! Filtering the data is a piece of cake ($filter=IsLatestVersion eq true).

Next issue was order. A feed should order by the last updated, in descending order. I.e. getting you the latest/recent items. Again OData "just does that" ($orderby=LastUpdated desc).

That's about it. A little OData query param tweaks and I've got my feed.

Here's the complete URL: http://packages.nuget.org/v1/FeedService.svc/Packages?$filter=IsLatestVersion eq true&$orderby=LastUpdated desc

The result in IE;

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Finally in my reader of choice;

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So far this appear seems to be working like a charm, with one problem, the links don't work. It's expected that clicking on the feed title will let you view that item. Not so using this approach. With additional work and a man in the middle (like Yahoo Pipes, etc) this could be fixed, but for my use this is good enough. It lets me monitor the NuGet Package Gallery and frees up a Whine Point which I can now use somewhere else... :)

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Father’s Day gift for the blogging or feed reading addicted father…

MAKE: - RSS icon throw pillow

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“I bought one of these RSS throw pillows from Justin almost a year ago when Becky hit it in a Flickr pool round-up on CRAFT. It was a steal then at $15, and it looks like Justin has only marked it up a little bit in the meantime, to $19.99, which is still a great price. Mine is a year old, has seen daily use on my living room couch, and still looks great. Comfy, too” [GD: Post Leached 100%]

Makers Market - RSS Feed Icon Pillow

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This RSS Feed Icon pillow may not aggregate all your news feeds and updates into one easy to consume place. But this 100% hand crafted, 12″×12″ pillow will certainly aggregate all your thoughts and dreams into order, giving you Real simple sleep..

Whether on your bed or near your computer this pillow is perfect for snuggling after a great day of fresh news, or one of those days where everyone is publishing the same exact story.

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In a word… That’s cool! (okay, two words ;)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Another way to get all the PDC Videos… This time as a RSS feed, with WMV videos as an enclosure (i.e. Catch them all for your Zune/IPod)

granth's blog - Downloading all PDC2008 session videos

“If you missed out on PDC this year, you probably know that all the sessions were recorded and made available on MSDN’s Channel9. It’s not immediately obvious from the Channel9 site, but it is possible to get an RSS feed of all the videos that are available.

This makes it very easy to download all the videos and convert them to your Zune for commute viewing.

The RSS feed is: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/pdc2008/RSS/Default.aspx

If you want to download all 130 videos (37Gb), then download the attached PDC2008_Videos.txt [GD: Click through to actually download the text file… I don’t want to leach ALL his traffic… ;) ] file and import it into your favourite download tool. I like Free Download Manager.

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Since this feed has the keynotes in it I’m thinking about tweaking my PDC List Maker to use this feed as its initial catalog… (Hum and that would let me use the cool Syndication stuff in .Net 3.5… okay, sold. Firing up VS now…  ;)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
My PDC Video Link List Maker project & source is now available on CodePlex
PDC 2008 Quick Video Link List updated with link verification
Another way to get all the PDC Video Sessions Downloaded - The DownloadThemAll FireFox addon and Luciano Evaristo Guerche’s PDC link lists
PDC2008 Quick Video Link List (Updated: Now with link verification)

Sunday, November 02, 2008

RSS Bandit v1.8.0.885 Released – Now with sync’ing with Google Reader and NewsGator

Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life - RSS Bandit v1.8.0.855 Released

“I've been talking about it for almost a year and now we've finally shipped it. To celebrate the new release, we've created a new website to capture the awesomeness of the latest version.

Download the installer from here

NEW FEATURES 
- Download manager for viewing pending podcasts/enclosures
- Ability to synchronize feeds with Google Reader, NewsGator Online and the Windows Common Feed List.
- Option to increase or decrease font size in reading pane

BUG FIXES 

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You’re using a feed reader, right? Any feed reader, online or off, right? If you’re not, stop right now and start using one. No, I mean it. Stop. Right. Now.

There’s simply no way to keep up with everything that’s happening if you’re not using a feed reader. If online ones (Google Reader, NewsGator online, Bloglines, etc) don’t float your boat then there are a number of outstanding full client ones like FeedDemon (my current fav) and RSS Bandit. And since they sync with online readers you can get the best of both worlds…

For example, I have FeedDemon sync’ing with NewsGator Online which lets me sync my reads on three different machines as well as online via the NewsGator web and mobile UI. There’s just NO way I would EVER go back to a non-feed world. I can scan the newness from hundreds of sites in the time it used to take me to do 10…

 

BTW, don’t forget that the source for RSS Bandit is available too…

 

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RSS Bandit 1.6 Released

Friday, July 25, 2008

Still have friends, co-workers, family who are still getting up to speed on RSS? Want to improve your RSS/Webfeed usage? Here’s a list that might help… The Ultimate RSS Toolset

Online Education Database - The Ultimate RSS Toolset: 100+ Online Apps and Resources

“RSS, or Rich Site Summary, is an easy way to stay informed of the latest updates to your favorite sites without having to actually visit them each individually. For those who have sites, it can be a great way to increase readership and get information out about your blog, website or business. Either way, RSS enables users to navigate the Web in an easy, fast format and to access information at the click of a button. This collection of tools will give you everything you need to get started or improve how you're working with RSS.

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From readers, personal home pages, browser extensions, RSS Directories, blogging, stand alone readers, mobile tools, email, validators, and more.

Pretty much a one stop shop for most things RSS.

Thank you Kelly for the heads up about this list!  :)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Argotic Syndication Framework Day – New Release and a DimeCast too!

CodeProject - Argotic Syndication Framework 2008.0.2.0

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Description

A powerful and extensible .NET web content syndication framework for RSS, Atom, OPML, APML, BlogML, RSD and more.

What is Argotic?

A powerful and extensible .NET web content syndication framework for RSS, Atom, OPML, APML, BlogML, RSD and more. The Argotic Syndication Framework is a Microsoft .NET class library framework that enables developers to easily consume and/or generate syndicated content from within their own applications. The framework makes the reading and writing syndicated content in common formats such as RSS, Atom, OPML, APML, BlogML, and RSD very easy while still remaining extensible enough to support common/custom extensions to the syndication publishing formats. The framework includes out-of-the-box implementations of the most commonly used syndication extensions, network clients for sending and receiving peer-to-peer notification protocol messages; as well as HTTP handlers, modules, services and controls that provide rich syndication functionality to ASP.NET developers.

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DimeCasts.Net - # 19 - Generating an RSS Feed with Argotic

“In this episode we will walk you though how to create and implement an RSS feed using the Argotic RSS framework.

We will walk through generating the document, creating the feed access point and finally creating the hooks so the world knows we have a feed.” [Post leached in full]

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about the Argotic Syndication Framework before. It’s one of those projects I hear referenced allot and one that I’ve been following for a while (but haven’t yet actually used… It’s on my “list”). Well better late than never?

As an added bonus, we not only get a new release but a DimeCast on how to use it too. How cool is that?  :)

 

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DimeCasts.Net - Everyday coding issues covered in 10 minutes or less

RSS Reporter free for the 4th – Free 5 License Pack for the first 1,000

via email:

“…I thought I should let you know that we are doing a 4th of July celebration giveaway http://www.xsqlsoftware.com/Exclusive/July4GiveAway.aspx.

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You know me a sucker for free… xSQL Software is giving away, to the first 1000 people, a 5 license pack for their RSS Reporter product. That’s free free, no credit card or anything required (you do need to enter billing/shipping name & address, even though it’s a download, but again no CC info is asked for… ).

BTW, using RSS Reporter for just one SQL Server is still free…

 

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RSS Reporter for SQL Server V2 Released (with Custom Query Support & Database Size Feed)
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